NASHVILLE (Aug. 22)—Beginning Aug. 23, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will airlift tires from parent company Bridgestone Corp. in Japan to facilitate its recall in the U.S., the company announced. At least 11 flights will take place between Aug. 23 and Aug. 27, and will continue "nearly every day" as long as necessary, Bridgestone/Firestone said. The company didn´t say how many tires would be on those first flights. Since announcing its recall of the 15-inch ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT tires Aug. 9, Bridgestone/Firestone has smarted under criticism from anxious motorists about unavailability of replacement tires. As of Aug. 21, the company said it had replaced more than 560,000 tires out of the 6.5 million involved in the recall.
Bridgestone/Firestone to airlift tires from Japan to aid recall
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